Ireland

Travel Guide
King John\'s Castle featuring heritage architecture, château or palace and heritage elements

Land of legends, medieval castles and Guinness beer, this wonderfully green island is known for its wild beauty, rich culture and chatty locals.

Vibrant Dublin and Cultural CorkDublin is the Republic’s sassy, confident capital whose modern vibrancy is matched by its rich traditions. Here you can visit the Guinness storehouse, party till all hours, shop till you drop and take in the richly rewarding exhibits of the National Gallery and National Museum.

County Down on Ireland’s southern coast, Cork is surrounded by a shoreline that is all secluded estuaries, rolling hills and historic harbours. In the city itself you are never too far from a flowing river or the vibrant cultural scene and energetic nightlife.

Ireland’s Ever-Changing LandscapesThere is an uncommonly rich variety of landscapes to please the eye in Ireland. The Atlantic brings with it warm winds that nurture a truly bewildering diversity of terrains. In just a matter of miles you can move from the lush side of a lake to a more primeval bogland.

In the east of the island, for instance, the rocky Wicklow Hills are perfect for walkers but they suddenly transform into the horse-grazing plain of the Curragh, which is perfect for racehorses.

Meanwhile, over on the west, in Connemara you can take a stroll that takes you from beach, mountain, fenland and on to the banks of a lough: and, if you set off after breakfast, you can still be back at your hotel for lunch!

Remote IslandsJust off the coast there is plenty to explore for those who want to get away from it all. Dotted off the west coast are islands that are rugged and truly remote. The Arans may be the most famous example, with their windswept swathes of limestone and fascinating prehistoric sites, but the austere beauty of the Blasket Islands, lying just off Kerry’s coast, is even further from the madding crowds.

A Sense of Story and a Sense of HistoryThe Irish landscape truly comes to life when you look at it through the lens of the layers and layers of myth that has been laid over it throughout history. In this way piles of stones suddenly become the resting place of lovers escaping ferocious warriors.

The Irish love of poetry and story can also be felt on a literary tour of Dublin, taking in the places where Joyce, Beckett, Wilde and Brendan Behan once frequented.

Every stage of history makes its presence felt in Ireland. The awe-inspiring prehistoric tombs, stone circles and hill forts of Ireland can bring the distant past palpably close. The unbelievably intricate illustrated medieval manuscript that is the Book of Kells still looks as colourful as the day it was painstakingly crafted. There are fine churches, impressive castles, Martello towers and high crosses that punctuate the Irish countryside. You can visit stately homes in the country or take in the neoclassical institutions in the cities.

Visit IrelandIreland offers romantic legends, varied landscapes, beautiful beaches, a fascinating history and a warm welcome.

To top it all off there is the promise of best pint of Guinness you’ve ever had: but you’ll have to be patient whilst you wait for it to settle!

Popular cities in Ireland

Dublin showing heritage architecture, signage and a city
Dublin
Known for Poolside bars, Tours and Live music
A medieval city with strong connections to classic literature, residents delighted to involve you in their ‘craic’ and a deliciously rebellious streak, Dublin is a mecca for the Irish diaspora who have spread out to all corners of the globe.

Reasons to visit

  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
  • Christ Church Cathedral
Glucksman Gallery which includes modern architecture
Cork
Known for Friendly people, Dining and Shopping
Cork awaits: its dining, history, theatre and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Cork City Gaol
  • St. Patrick's Bridge
  • Fitzgerald Park
Dunguaire Castle which includes heritage architecture, a castle and a river or creek
Galway
Known for Friendly people, Poolside bars and Tours
Come to Galway and enjoy its live music, entertainment and monuments.

Reasons to visit

  • Eyre Square
  • Galway Cathedral
  • Galway Harbour
Muckross House featuring a garden, heritage architecture and flowers
Killarney
Known for Nature, Historical and Live music
With a resident population of only 15,000 souls, Killarney might seem an unlikely destination to rank second in popularity among visitors to Ireland, but there’s far more to this charming town than its welcoming, bustling centre.

Reasons to visit

  • Killarney National Park
  • Ross Castle
  • Muckross House
Limerick featuring a river or creek, night scenes and a city
Limerick
Known for Friendly people, Dining and Poolside bars
The city of Limerickhugs the River Shannon as it broadens out to meet the wider sea waters of theestuary in Mid-West Ireland. Limerick has been broadening its ownhorizons in recent years with rejuvenation projects and a cultural renaissancethat have helped make it a fantastic place to explore the surrounding regionfrom.

Reasons to visit

  • Thomond Park
  • King John's Castle
  • St. Mary's Cathedral
Ireland showing farmland, tranquil scenes and a small town or village
Kilkenny
Known for Poolside bars, Historical and Castle
The city of Kilkenny is one of Ireland’s historic gems and lies in the heart of County Kilkenny in the southeast corner of the Republic of Ireland. A tourist favourite, the city brims with attractions, including a beautiful castle on the banks of the River Nore, a fine 13th century cathedral and a veritable maze of 17th century alleyways littered with interesting shops and ancient inns.

Reasons to visit

  • Kilkenny Castle

Popular places to visit in Ireland

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